Paint and Pianos

It’s July, not that you can tell from all the rain … but shouldn’t we be used to this by now? A dark, dull day still has the power to change our mood here at Handsome and Pretty – even though we have read the forecast and we should be expecting it!! Does this happen to you? Are you busy booking a nice sun holiday? If not, and you are about these parts for the next while, here are a few of the happenings.


As you can probably tell from our ever inspiring interviews on the Wednesday posts we are constantly trying to find out and share what it is that makes us all tick, what inspires us and how to transform that into our creations.

We recently discovered Eithne Jordan. She currently has an exhibition on at the MAC and very importantly is giving a talk tonight on how she approaches painting. Details are here.

“Eithne Jordan is one of Ireland’s most recognised artists. She paints overlooked urban spaces: car parks, housing estates, factory roofs, underpasses and subway tunnels are all depicted with only a hint of human presence.

The absence of people gives the cityscapes a stillness and clarity rarely experienced within the everyday hubbub of a contemporary city.

Small Worlds presents her intimate gouaches on paper, forming a comprehensive and rich body of work. These jewel-like paintings are testimonies to Jordan’s authoritative use of paint: combining a freedom of mark-making with a refined treatment of light and space.”

For those of you who are also feeling the weight of the weather and feel like something light hearted check out ‘The Found Footage Festival’.

“The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will make its UK debut this summer. Founded in New York City in 2004, the FFF is a one-of-a-kind event featuring VHS tapes discovered at thrift shops and garage sales throughout North America. Hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.”


Can you tinkle the old ivories??

Touring internationally since 2008, “Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching over a two million people worldwide more than 600 pianos have now been installed in cities across the globe, from New York to Sydney, bearing the simple instruction ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.

Located in public parks, bus shelters and train stations, outside galleries and markets and even on bridges and ferries, the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy. Who plays them and how long they remain is up to each community. Many pianos are personalised and decorated by artists or the local community. By creating a place of exchange ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment.

In London until 13th July. Find the locations HERE.

get out and enjoy yourselves.

handsome and pretty



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